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Securing BYOD for construction
Constructech magazine
Many construction business owners may have reservations regarding BYOD — bring your own device. While the practice reduces costs by having employees use their own phone at the job site, security remains a top concern for many construction companies.
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6 signs of a business continuity plan in trouble
eBRP Solutions
Not all business continuity plans are created equally. Calling something a "plan" doesn't make it one. Real planning should go into its creation — not simply filling in blanks in a template or copying a bunch of lists to an appendix. A viable business continuity plan is actionable, applicable to any disruption and effective under all circumstances. It should be accessible, practiced and up-to-date. The following six caution signs should be considered.
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'Comprehensive' policies may leave your business exposed
Smart Business
Most businesses have "comprehensive" insurance policies that cover damage to the company's physical assets and protect against third-party bodily injury or tangible property damage claims against the company. But this traditional coverage generally does not fully protect against losses related to intangible assets, like computer-stored data and intellectual property.
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From food safety to storms, good crisis management starts before the crisis
Supermarket News
What type of leaders do you want at a time of crisis? Decisive. Fast-moving. Smart. How about leaders who focus on advance preparation that either mitigates an emergency or avoids it in the first place. The food industry has faced recent challenges ranging from food safety to crushing storms, and the repeated lesson is that more advance preparation makes sense.
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ERM: The basics
CSO Online
Natural disasters, political instability, data breaches, financial calamity — even asteroids — the sources of risk are on the rise and are increasingly unpredictable. And in an age of increasing regulatory compliance, not to mention cost sensitivity, it's even more important to get the job of risk management right. For these reasons, companies are increasingly turning toward enterprise risk management, where instead of handling risk on a function by function basis, they are centralizing the oversight of all risk under a single entity, whether that's a department or a cross-functional team.
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Practice makes perfect
The Herald Business Journal
As tax season rolls around and new health-care laws come into play, it's more important than ever for business owners to be aware of the financial health of their company. Unfortunately, many small-business owners tend to procrastinate when it comes to administrative tasks and that can be a huge mistake.

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What's your total cost of risk?
CSO Online
If you don't know, you need a better connection to your company's risk managers, who measure risk by what can be insured and what it costs to do so. While the measurement of operational risks is still a bit of a puzzle for CSOs, risk managers have used TCOR for ages.

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Worker safety can improve with behavior-based programs
Business Insurance
Behavior-based safety programs can help companies encourage safe behaviors among their employees and reduce workers compensation claim frequency and severity, a behavior expert said at a recent meeting of risk management and safety professionals.

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Growing challenge of supply chain risk must be addressed
Area Development Online
According to a new survey of 600 executives from Deloitte, global executives are increasingly concerned about the growing risks to their supply chains and costly negative impacts such as margin erosion and inability to keep up with demand. As they operate in this environment of escalating risk, an alarming 45 percent of surveyed executives say their supply chain risk management programs are only somewhat effective or not effective at all.
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Average expected loss and risk premium of the cat bond market in 2012
Artemis
One of the metrics you should look at occasionally is the average expected loss of the outstanding catastrophe bond market to see what it can tell you about the kind of transactions that have come to market and where the cat bond and ILS market feels its risk appetite sweet spot is. Expected loss metrics portray the probability of a loss of a certain size occurring on a specific transaction and so give a good idea of risk level and are used to help derive pricing.
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Corporate wellness programs increasingly rely on competitions and team challenges
The Washington Post
There is an increasing number of companies that are turning to competitions and socially-based activities as a way to compel their workers to get fit, a trend that has been facilitated by a burst of online platforms that make it easy to track one's performance and see how it stacks up against a co-worker's. This approach, often called the "gamification" of wellness, has become a central component of many corporate wellness strategies and marks yet another attempt to curb employers’ rising health care costs.
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Workplace bullying emerging as major employment liability battleground
Insurance Journal
On-the-job bullying can take many forms, from a supervisor's verbal abuse and threats to cruel comments or relentless teasing by a co-worker. And it could become the next major battleground in employment law as a growing number of states consider legislation that would let workers sue for harassment that causes physical or emotional harm. "I believe this is the new claim that employers will deal with. This will replace sexual harassment," said Sharon Parella, a management-side employment lawyer in New York. "People who oppose it say these laws will force people to be polite at work. But you can no longer go to work and act like a beast and get away with it."
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5 tips to reduce risk of social media flubs
Business 2 Community
Whether you're a small or large agency, you know that the possibility of a social media flub is real. Usually, it is the result of someone being careless or frivolous with their social media use. Playing fast and loose with clients' social channels is not encouraged by anyone. The following are five tips for avoiding social media flubs for even the most veteran community manager.
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Manage risk and control insurance costs
Smart Business
Every business experiences risk, but determining the true cost of risk can be difficult. "It's much harder to calculate the impact that negative publicity has on your revenue versus lost productivity due to equipment downtime," says Derek M. Hoch, president of Leverity. "To develop the most appropriate risk management program for your organization, business owners should approach insurance through a variety of cost control strategies. These include identifying exposures, implementing control measures, transferring risk and managing your exposures," says Hoch.
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